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Matt Gordan (centre) celebrates. Paul Powers is second from left
Matt Gordan (centre) celebrates. Paul Powers is second from left
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Welcome to Powers martial arts centre - Sheffield’s most established K1 specialist kickboxing gym, which won two area titles at the MMA and kickboxing event at the Octagon last weekend.

K-1 kickboxing is a combat sport that combines the most effective stand-up fighting strategies from bare knuckle karate, Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Taekwon-do, Savate, San Shou/San Da, Western Kickboxing, and traditional boxing.

Powers fighter Matt Gordan, 22, won in his 62kg category whist Kyle Mitchleson, 23, was victorious in the 80kg against Richard Tomlinson from The Jesters Club, after impressively knocking his opponent out in the first round with a kick to the head - which broke his opponent’s jaw in three places.

“The show was absolutely amazing and the city did us proud as we had a capacity crowd on the day,” said Paul Powers, the head coach of Powers martial arts centre.

“One of my highlights was Kyle’s fight because his kick to the head was quite incredible - no-body saw that coming and it was great for the whole club to celebrate with him after.

“Overall we had a very successful day with the two area titles and six other wins. We were also offered the chance to go over to France next October to compete representing Britain, as a French fighter came over here and fought in an international bout and they were impressed.

“Now I just see our gym moving onwards and upwards. I really believe we have lots more champions at this club and everybody has put in so much hard work which is starting to pay off.”

Unfortunately for the gym one of the highest area title billed fights - Powers fighter Tom Hind, 25, versus Yorkshire MKA interclub’s Brendan Needham, 19, in the 78kg category - ended in disappointment, as Hind was knocked out in the first round with a left hook.

“When Tom came round, he was really upset and the first thing he said was ‘I’m sorry for letting the club down’,” Paul added.

“Which was completely wrong because he didn’t let anyone down. Brendan pulled out a top draw move and there was no chance, but Tom will get back up and train hard again because that’s what champions do.”

Paul’s gym is no stranger to success as it has previously produced two World, one intercontinental, three European and five British champions as well as five World Game gold medallists.

However despite the clubs individual high achievements Paul stressed the importance of a family ethos is at the club and how winning isn’t everything.

“We have a very rich history of success at this club but one fighter’s win is everybody’s at the club and it has always been this way because we have a community feel at the club,” Paul said.

For more information about Powers visit www.powersmartialarts.co.uk or contact Paul Powers on 07831 763688.